$117 Million

Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History

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We represented a woman who was catastrophically injured—injuries no amount of money could make up for. We had to make sure she would have medical care for the rest of her life, that she would have a support team around to help take care of her. We had to help bring wrongdoers to justice.
Jason Itkin
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Case Description

Arnold & Itkin successfully tried a case on behalf of the victim of a severe ambulance accident. The plaintiff had been seven months pregnant and experiencing stomach pain when she called Acadian Ambulance to pick her up and transport her to the hospital in December 2010. The driver of the ambulance who picked her up had a history of bad driving and poor vision. When driving down LA-1 North, he dropped his RSI device onto the floor. Without reducing speed, he leaned down to locate and grab it – completely looking away from the road.

During this time, he drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck.

The plaintiff's spine was severed at T4 during the accident and she sustained serious brain injuries.

Our client had no chance of a full recovery; she will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

At the time of the verdict, she had already sustained medical bills in excess of $1.4 million, with an estimated cost of $30 million for her future care plan. After the accident, her unborn daughter was prematurely delivered; since then, both the infant and the plaintiff's other daughter have gone to live with their grandmother.

Arnold & Itkin was able to successfully prove fault on behalf of the ambulance driver and succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters.

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